By Charles Otey, Esq.
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Barrister Larry DiGiovanna is known and respected for many achievements and has served as president of esteemed organizations such as the Brooklyn Bar Association and the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association.
He’s also served for years as chair of the Bay Ridge Lawyers "Long-Term Planning Committee" and is widely known as a pioneer in laws regarding purchases and sales of cooperatives and condominiums.
There’s another of his achievements that has received scant public notice, except here in PBB. I refer to the consensus, within the bar, that the upcoming BRLA winter seminar in Atlantic City, an annual learning event which he launched through that popular organization decades ago has been widely adapted. It has inspired other lawyer groups in this city and state to hold similar events in "A.C."
Sustaining the tradition is this year’s BRLA Winter Seminar, which will take place in Atlantic City on Jan. 17 to 19h at Revel Atlantic City, located at 500 Boardwalk. It’s chaired, once again, by DiGiovanna.
Headlining the CLE program will be Kings Justice Arthur Schack. Given his experience with the current complexities and challenges swirling around mortgage foreclosures, his topic, "Mortgage Muck And Mire,” will add spirit to the BRLA offering.
Bruno Codispoti, president of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Brooklyn, will bring lawyers up to date on the communications revolution offering the latest news on “IP For The GP.”
Dennis D’Antonio will tell the BRLA about "Representing Insurance Policy Holders," while Pamela Elisofon will outline "Employer-Employee Relations for a Small Business.”
Mark Longo, a past BBA and Columbian Lawyers president, will bring his experience to bear on "Ethical Challenges For Lawyers.”
The well-rounded agenda, according to BRLA Past President Steve Chiaino, will provide participants with a total of five CLE hours, one of which will be earned in the Ethics and Professionalism Requirement area.
Pasqualino Russo is president of the BRLA with a slate including Vice President Joann Monaco, Secretary Lisa Becker, Treasurer Grace M. Borrino and Corresponding Secretary Steve Spinelli. Immediate past president is Helen Galette.